The Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition (AGT), organised by Diversified Exhibitions Australia in Perth will focus on Australia’s fast-growing, $200 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
Scheduled to be held from 25 July to 27 July, 2012, the AGT event is expected to bring up to 150 exhibitors and 5000 visitors to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Perth exhibition will focus on gas processing and the construction and operation of LNG facilities, associated pipelines and exporting terminals.
AGT 2012, which will also address the industry’s current skills shortage with a strong careers component, has the support of the West Australian government with Premier Colin Barnett accepting an invitation to become the event’s patron.
AGT Event Director Bill Hare comments that the rapid growth of Australia’s LNG industry and increasing global demand for LNG as a lower emission alternative to traditional fossil fuels such as coal and oil has created demand for a dedicated event focusing on the cleaner burning fuel.
According to Mr Hare, more than $200 billion worth of LNG projects are on the drawing board in Australia with the country poised to become the world’s second largest exporter of the fuel within the next 10 years.
He added that Western Australia alone produced 15.3 million tonnes of LNG, the equivalent of roughly 6% of global LNG production last year, making it an ideal venue for the exhibition and conference.
AGT would also encourage students to pursue a career in the growing gas industry with a careers and education zone targeting TAFE students, tertiary engineering and science students as well as mature age workers in addition to a special program to attract indigenous students throughout Western Australia.
With an estimated 36,000 extra workers required to construct and operate all the planned LNG projects in Australia over the next decade, the industry must attract the next generation of workers and effectively train and retain them.
AGT will also showcase the best of Australian gas innovation at the Australian Gas Innovation Awards, with winners to be recognised at an awards dinner during the event.
One of Australia’s largest exhibition organising companies, Diversified is well established in the oil and gas industry as the organiser of the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG), an event that brought an estimated $10,954,500 to Perth in 2011.